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Master of Social Work

 

Part-time

St. Ambrose University School of Social Work has a part-time program offered in hybrid, making it possible for the highly-motivated student to obtain the MSW degree on a part-time basis over three years, including summer sessions. 

When progressing through the part-time program, students take courses either online or on Saturdays. Practicum placement requirements take place concurrently with the required social work theory and practice courses in the second and third year during fall and spring semesters (9 credits), and can likely be taken in your area.

Most part-time courses follow a hybrid format, which means they meet online and meet in-person throughout the semester. Schedules vary based on the ratio of online to in-person classes. Some elective courses are taught fully online.

Some students find that a four-year schedule is necessary due to personal responsibilities, but the MSW program encourages students to graduate wtihin the three year time frame. Students must fulfill all degree requirements within four years from date of initial enrollment.

First Year Generalist Foundation Curriculum

Fall Semester
MSW 510 Generalist Practice I, 3 credits
MSW 610 Human Behavior Theories, 3 credits
Total – 6 credits

Spring Semester
MSW 520 Generalist Practice II, 3 credits
MSW 620 Diversity and Social Systems, 3 credits
Total – 6 credits

Second Year Generalist Foundation Curriculum

Fall Semester
MSW 710 Social Work Research Design, 3 credits
MSW 810 Social Welfare Policy, 3 credits
MSW 591 Field Instruction I, 3 credits
Total – 9 credits

Spring Semester
MSW 720 Social Work Program Evaluation, 3 credits
MSW 820 Social Policy Analysis, 3 credits
MSW 592 Field Instruction II, 3 credits
Total – 9 credits

Empowerment Concentration Curriculum

Summer Semester
*****MSW Electives (See below), 6 credits

Third Year Concentration Curriculum

Fall Semester
MSW 530 Empowerment Practice I, 3 credits
MSW 603 Field Seminar III: SW Ethics, 3 credits
MSW 593 Field Instruction III, 3 credits
Total – 9 credits

Spring Semester
MSW 540 Empowerment Practice II, 3 credits
MSW 604 Field Seminar IV: Ethical Decision Making, 3 credits
MSW 594 Field Instruction IV, 3 credits
Total – 9 credits

Summer Semester
*****MSW Electives, 6 credits

Electives – 3 credits unless otherwise noted

MSW 550 Empowerment Social Work in Mental Health
MSW 560 Empowerment Social Work in Child Welfare
MSW 570 Couple and Family Therapy
MSW 580 Empowerment Social Work in Aging
MSW 590 Advanced Group Work
MSW 740 Advanced Data Analysis
MSW 830 Supervision
MSW 840 Exceptional Child for Social Work
MSW 850 Empowerment Social Work in School Settings
MSW 860 Economic and Social Justice
MSW 870 Management in Human Services
MSW 910 Mental Health Practices and Policies - India
MSW 920 Empowerment Social Work in Substance Abuse
MSW 930 International SW and Social Welfare, 1-3 credits
MSW 940 Feminist Social Work
MSW 950 Empowerment Social Work in Health Care
MSW 960 Collaborative Practice with Difficult Clients
MSW 970 Spirituality and Social Work
MSW 980 Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice
MSW 99* Special Topics

Foundation Year Practicum
2 days per week
16 clock hours per week
Fall and Spring Semesters

Concentration Year Practicum
2 days per week
16 clock hours per week
Fall and Spring semesters